George Ormsby (bishop)

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George Albert Ormsby (1843-1924) was an Anglican bishop at the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. [1]

He was born in Dublin in September 1843, [2] the second son of the Rt Hon Henry Ormsby, Chancery Judge of the High Court of Justice in Ireland, and his wife and first cousin Julia Hamilton, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1866. [3] His first post was a curacy in Eglingham [4] after which he held incumbencies [5] in Jarrow, [6] Rainton [7] and Walworth. [8] He was the second Bishop of British Honduras [9] from 1893 [10] to 1907. He returned to England and ended his career as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (collated 1914). He was acting Bishop of Newcastle in August, 1914,when the Great War broke out, and served for a second term as acting bishop between the resignation of the bishop, Norman Straton, and the appointment of his successor, Herbert Wild, in 1916. Like Straton and Wild, Ormsby was a strong supporter of British participation in the War. 'Men and women have begun to realise the greatness of the cause...The cause of justice and righteousness and truth and freedom is one and the same everywhere, and without the unfeigned desire for these fellowship and progress may be but empty names'. [11] He married Ellen Scotland, daughter of Canon Scotland, in 1871 and had several children, including Montague. Ormsby's brother, Edwin, was a long-serving Rector of Hartlepool, 1874-1915, including at the time of the bombardment of the town by the German navy in 1914. A Sub-Prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, he died on 14 February 1924. [12]

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  1. "Belize Anglican". Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  2. familytreeguide
  3. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN   978-0-19-954087-7
  4. Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn). London: The Field Press. pp. 1124/5.
  5. Also an honorary military chaplain
  6. Durham Diocesan Records
  7. The Times, Thursday, Sep 03, 1885; pg. 4; Issue 31542; col D Ecclesiastical Appointments
  8. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  9. Anglican Cathedral College [ permanent dead link ]
  10. Ecclesiastical Intelligence The Times Friday, Dec 29, 1893; pg. 6; Issue 34147; col C.
  11. Newcastle Diocesan Gazette,January 1916. The monthly editions of the Gazette feature letters from Straton and Wild as well as Ormsby
  12. Obituary Bishop Ormsby The Times Saturday, Feb 16, 1924; p. 15; Issue 43577; col C.
Religious titles
Preceded by Bishop of British Honduras
1893 1907
Succeeded by